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We Care Jacksonville begins a new chapter

By Sue Nussbaum, For Jacksonville.com, On 27 August 2018, Read Original

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During my time as executive director of We Care Jacksonville, it has been a great joy to see patients significantly improve their lives.

For these things to happen, it takes a collaboration of many community organizations.

One of my most important personal experiences has been developing a strong relationship with the Muslim American Social Services clinic.

In 2010, right after an explosion was set off at the Islamic Center, I met with 15 members of the center; they were eager to start a clinic to provide the entire community with needed health care.

Since then the Muslim American Social Services has grown from one clinic per month to four clinic days per week, and patients are helped by over 100 volunteers.

Just like other clinics in our area, the Muslim American Social Services clinic helps patients of all races, religions and backgrounds.

George S. Trotter, our physician and founder, built a strong organization 25 years ago — We Care could not provide many of our current services without his vision and leadership.

Our hospital CEOs generously provide millions of dollars in medical services (over $16 million last year alone).

Our clinics provide primary and specialty care by working in collaborative fashion.

And we have been able to expand our services because of the generosity of numerous Jacksonville foundations and philanthropists.

The reality is that access only fixes a part of an individual’s overall health; it is clear that poverty frequently plays a role in bringing about poor health.

 

When we care for someone with uncontrolled diabetes, the real problem may be affording medication, having access to healthy food, managing depression, etc.

So the more we work on the root causes of poverty, the less we will need to treat the symptoms of poor health in hospitals and clinics like We Care.

We Care is fortunate to have a new executive director who can and will move the organization to the next level.

Susan King is the former executive director of Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry; she is a talented, passionate person who understands patient needs and will be a great leader for We Care Jacksonville.

Along with our board, led by physician David Rice, the organization will keep providing quality care to those who are in need.

I will miss you, Jacksonville.

You are a welcoming, compassionate and warm city.

Thank you for embracing me and helping me discover my passion of serving others through We Care Jacksonville.

Sue Nussbaum is a physician and retiring executive director of We Care Jacksonville.